Being involved in an athletic endeavor is not only a way to have fun, but it also is one of the best ways for a person to maintain a healthy and strong body, living up to the promise each Scout makes "to keep myself physically strong."
Req #3: Sport Activity - One Season Select an athletic activity to participate in for one season (or four months).
Prepare to report on the following:
a. With guidance from your counselor, establish a personal training program suited to the activity you have chosen.
b. Organize a chart for this activity and monitor your progress during this time.
c. Explain to your counselor the equipment necessary to participate in this activity, and the appropriate clothing for the season and the locale.
d. At the end of the season, discuss with your counselor the progress you have made during training and competition and how your development has affected you mentally and physically.
Req #4a: Sporting Rules Give the rules for two athletic activities, one of which is the activity you chose for requirement 3.
Req #6a: Planning Sports Meet Prepare plans for conducting a sports meet or field day that includes 10activities, at least five of which must come from the groups mentioned in Requirement 5. Outline the duties of each official needed and list the equipment the meet will require.
Req #6b: Sports Meet Volunteer With your parent's and counselor's approval, serve as an official or volunteer at a sports meet to observe officials in action. Tell your counselor about your responsibilities at the meet and discuss what you learned. Note: Many organized youth sports recruit scout age young men to serve as officials for the junior leages or to assist with field and equipment prep or other duties.
Learn important key concepts
Any Safety Requirements?
Start family research reports
Prepare for your Field Tour
While some scouts may be adept at self-study, others may do better in a small group setting and taking notes on worksheets. You can facilitate discussion by asking them why each of the principles intruduced here would be relevant.
Req #1: Review First Aid for Sports Injuries Show that you know first aid for injuries or illnesses that could occur while participating in athletic events, including sprains, strains, contusions, abrasions, blisters, dehydration, and heat reactions.
Req #2: Good Health Habits
Req #4: Discussion Group: Atletic Events
E) Patrol Activity
Req #5a: Sports Activity Start Complete the activities in FOUR of the following groups and show improvement over a three-month period.
Group 1: Sprinting
Group 2: Long Distance Running
Group 3: Long Jump OR High Jump
Group 4: Swimming
Group 5: Pull-Ups AND Push-Ups
Group 6: Baseball Throw
Group 7: Basketball Shooting
Group 8: Football Kick OR Soccer Kick
Group 9: Weight Training
Req #5b: Sports Activity Improvement After three months do a retest for each of your events above. Document your improvements.
G) Program Debriefing
After completion of the above activities you may need a work session to finish completion of the merit badge worksheet to document the results of your visits, activities and the people you interviewed about potential career opportunities in this field.
Req #3d: Season Review At the end of the season, discuss with your counselor the progress you have made during training and competition and how your development has affected you mentally and physically. Display your training progress chart.
H) Extra Credit
Never add to or take away from the stated merit badge requirements. The material presented below is intended only to add fun for the patrol by way of either activity or community service.
The Athletics merit badge was one of the original 57 merit badges issued by the Boy Scouts of America in 1911.
J) Athletics Famous Quotes:
Vince Lombardi - It's not whether you get knocked down; it's whether you get up.
Ernie Banks - The only way to prove that youíre a good sport is to lose.
Pat Tyson -
Number one is just to gain a passion for running. To love the morning, to love the trail, to love the pace on the track. And if some kid gets really good at it, thatís cool too.
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